The Top 100 Halloween movies of All-time.by Eric-Scissorhands | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
"Bonfires burning bright, Pumpkin faces in the night, I remember Halloween!"
These are my picks of a hundred or so of the most Quintessential Halloween themed films, specials, and television shows to view around the month of October.
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1. Hocus Pocus (1993)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A teenage boy named Max and his little sister move to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Votes: 143,310 | Gross: $39.51M
The quintessential Halloween film for me growing up. I watch it every year.
2. Halloween (1978)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.
Votes: 282,212 | Gross: $47.00M
No list is complete without this slasher classic TBH.
3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.
Votes: 340,224 | Gross: $75.08M
This is for both Halloween & X-Mas.
4. Halloweentown (1998 TV Movie)
TV-G | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
When a young girl living with her secret witch mother learns she too is a witch, she must help her witch grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.
Another Disney made for TV Halloween treat that floods me with nostalgia with every viewing.
A bunch of sequels followed but none worth seeing more than once IMO. This is the only entry to the franchise Ive seen multiple times.
5. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror
Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.
Captures the Halloween atmosphere Perfectly.
6. The Addams Family (1991)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.
Votes: 159,400 | Gross: $113.50M
+ The Addams Family Values
Even though I love the classic tv show and it's cast, its hard to decide who did it better when theyre both so damn goooood.
7. Beetlejuice (1988)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy
The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out.
Votes: 307,437 | Gross: $73.71M
He's the ghost with the most.
8. Casper (1995)
PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
An afterlife therapist and his daughter meet a friendly young ghost when they move into a crumbling mansion in order to rid the premises of wicked spirits.
Votes: 136,211 | Gross: $100.33M
I was so in love with Christina Ricci as a kid thanks to this as well as her Addams Family appearances, so naturally this would crack my top 10.
Its fun little movie with a great soundtrack, awesome cameos, and lots of charm the whole family can enjoy.
9. Monster House (2006)
PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.
Votes: 122,329 | Gross: $73.66M
Super fun animated feature about a bunch of kids who take on a house thats been possessed during Halloween.
10. When Good Ghouls Go Bad (2001 TV Movie)
PG | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Family
When 12 year old Danny Walker moves to his father's hometown in Minnesota, he finds that the town doesn't celebrate Halloween and things aren't quite what they appear to be.
Extremely underrated made for tv gem.
11. The Crow (1994)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.
Votes: 186,032 | Gross: $50.69M
12. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Movie)
TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.
13. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
PG | 115 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape from Earth and return to his home planet.
Votes: 410,233 | Gross: $435.11M
Takes place around Halloween.
14. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Music Video)
PG | 13 min | Horror, Music
A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.
Halloween just wouldnt be the same without this horror inspired pop classic.
15. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
Votes: 362,536 | Gross: $101.07M
Tim Burton takes on the classic tale with style and grace.
16. The Batman (2022)
PG-13 | 176 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement.
Yes, this is a Halloween movie... just like Die Hard is a christmas movie.
17. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Votes: 801,134 | Gross: $1.48M
Time Traveling, alternate universes, beautiful visuals Frank the Bunny Rabbit and disturbed teenagers.
Theres a reason this is a cult classic.
18. The Monster Squad (1987)
PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.
Votes: 33,104 | Gross: $3.77M
Some of the most famous Universal Monsters come together for this campy late 80s/Goonies styled halloween classic.
Just plain fun.
19. Hocus Pocus 2 (2022)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Two young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.
30years after the halloween cult classic, comes the long awaited sequel which i can finally say... is pretty enjoyable. And a great way to kick off the spooky season.
Love seeing some of the original cast return, the 3 witches have not missed a beat despite the large gap inbetween films. The new additions are welcomed as well, only con i have is not getting cameos from the original kids (who are now gron adults), or at-least cameos from the 2 bullies from the original. A missed opportunity.
20. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
On Halloween 1968, Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.
Votes: 77,740 | Gross: $62.74M
21. ParaNorman (2012)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Votes: 103,741 | Gross: $56.00M
22. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)
G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of ... See full summary »
Super cheesy and low budget but a classic nevertheless.
23. Ghostbusters (1984)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Three parapsychologists forced out of their university funding set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers.
Votes: 416,374 | Gross: $238.63M
24. The Halloween Tree (1993 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 69 min | Animation, Drama, Family
Four children learn the origins of Halloween customs while trying to save the life of their friend.
This is entertaining as well as informative. It takes you on a journey through the history of Halloween and its origins.
25. The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022)
TV-14 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A teenage girl, who accidentally releases an ancient and mischievous spirit on Halloween which causes decorations to come alive and wreak havoc, must team up with the last person she'd want to in order to save their town - her father!
26. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
27. It (I) (2017)
R | 135 min | Horror
In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Votes: 548,267 | Gross: $327.48M
29. The Frighteners (1996)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead, and he uses that gift to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead.
Votes: 89,752 | Gross: $16.76M
30. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical
A newly-engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must seek shelter at the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-n-Furter.
Votes: 154,179 | Gross: $139.88M
31. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 408,788 | Gross: $232.91M
Probably one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
32. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
R | 89 min | Horror
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.
Votes: 87,429 | Gross: $12.63M
33. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
Votes: 49,456 | Gross: $4.36M
35. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.
Votes: 257,415 | Gross: $148.31M
36. Clue (1985)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.
Votes: 98,008 | Gross: $14.64M
37. The Babysitter (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Horror
When Cole stays up past his bedtime, he discovers that his hot baby sitter belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet.
38. Don't Look Under the Bed (1999 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror
A teen enlists the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman, who's framing her for his dastardly deeds.
39. Dark Shadows (2012)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.
Votes: 269,055 | Gross: $79.73M
40. Dracula (1931)
Passed | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula bends a naive real estate agent to his will, then takes up residence at a London estate where he sleeps in his coffin by day and searches for potential victims by night.
41. Frankenstein (1931)
Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.
+ The Bride of Frankenstein
42. Terrifier 2 (2022)
Not Rated | 138 min | Horror
After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.
43. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Ernest accidentally unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.
Votes: 12,000 | Gross: $14.14M
44. The Hole (2009)
PG-13 | 92 min | Fantasy, Thriller